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Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Friends

Deathwish that brings out the best of Friends

Near the top of the bill at Field Day and one of the BBC's Sounds of 2012, the group should be in raptures – but, they tell Gillian Orr, they have a morbid streak, too

Album: Public Image Ltd, This Is PiL (PIL Official)

It's hard not to feel slightly disappointed by PiL's first new studio album in two decades.

Album: Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note)

Classy collaboration with songs straight from the heart

Album: Incognito, Surreal (Dome)

Over 30 years Brit-funkers Incognito have created an irresistible signature sound of chugging Latin grooves, inventive horn-choruses and admittedly rather variable lyrics and vocals.

Album: Rocket Juice & The Moon, Rocket Juice & The Moon (Honest Jons)

In a week replete with intriguing cross-pollinations of style and sound, this may be both the most deliberate, yet the loosest-sounding.

Album: Kindness, World, You Need A Change of Mind (Female Energy/Polydor)

An avant-dance producer with a Prince fetish who seves to reject "the crassness of contemporary culture"?

Album: Hue and Cry, Hot Wire (Blairhill)

Hot Wire opens like gangbusters with the one-two punch of "Duty to the Debtor" and "Little Man", surely the best opening ever to a Hue and Cry album; but by the end, the impact has been dissipated by a little too much polemic, a few too many languid funk moves, and a drab attempt at emulating Steely Dan.

Billing himself as 'the black Tom Waits', Willis Earl Beal's highly percussive, thunder-voiced take on delta blues is magnificent

Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Clapham Grand, Londo

Originally scheduled to take place at Wilton’s Music Hall, this event – part book launch, part celebration, part poetry slam – sold out so quickly the organisers hurriedly moved it to the larger Clapham Grand, confirmation of both the resurgent interest in poetry and the lingering affection for the artist universally recognised as the prototype rapper.

Album: Diagrams, Black Light (Full Time Hobby)

Diagrams is the latest vehicle for Sam Genders, once co-frontman of electro-folkies Tunng, so it's not surprising to find clear echoes of his former band on Black Light, notably in his familiar, downbeat northern inflections, and the still-flickering interest in animist fable discernible in tracks like "Antelope" and "Animals".

Album: Ifetayo, Black Truth Rhythm Band (Soundway)

It's the muted ring of steel drums that gives the game away that this 1976 re-release is of Caribbean rather than African provenance.

Album: East of Underground, Hell Below (Now Again)

Those who remember the Monty Python skit about the "groovy" Royal Navy recruitment campaign will be left jaw-dropped by Hell Below, an archival release featuring participants in actual US Army "Battle of the Bands" contests from the late 1960s.

Album: The Temptations, 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 (Hip-O Select)

The Temptations were the most significant '60s root of the close-harmony boy-band style that has come to dominate R&B, their voices combining with creamy smoothness, their intricately-choreographed steps the envy of less nimble outfits.

Album: Calexico, Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011 (Quarterstick/City Slang) (4/5)

Over the past 14 years, Calexico have released eight limited-edition tour CDs, available only at their shows, but now compiled together as a 12 LP vinyl box set, Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011, of similar scarcity.

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